Milan, Tottenham battle for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos

The future of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is increasingly unclear with Milan and Tottenham ‘best placed’ on a deal, say reports.

Diario AS cites a report from Italian outlet Sport Mediaset which claims the Spain Under-21 international would join the Rossoneri on a two-year loan deal, and even speak of a €35m option to buy him permanently.

Previous reports claimed that Madrid’s asking price for the central midfielder stands at €50m even though they have personally informed him that they can leave this summer, but now it is said they do not want to sell the player permanently and instead prefer a loan exit.

The fresh reports say Spurs are primed to take the midfielder on a one-year loan deal and believe he would be the ideal replacement for Christian Eriksen, who himself may join Madrid.

“I do not want to be sold but I want to feel important, wherever I am,” Ceballos told reporters, as cited by Marca.

“I have a lot of football inside me and I think next year will be my best season yet.

“I play for fun, I wanted to show what I really am worth, this year has not been my best season and I wanted to get things done.”

Ceballos joined Madrid from Betis for €16m in 2017 but has started just 17 times in La Liga and just twice in the Champions League and has often appeared to be a fringe figure.

The Spain international started and scored in March’s 3-2 victory over Huesca – his first home goal for the club – but was selected just once more in the 10 matches since.

Madrid have spent over €300m on five new signings this summer but so far have only sold Marcos Llorente and have a hugely bloated 36-man first-team squad.

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